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Moeran: Cello Concerto, Serenade, Lonely Waters, Whythorne's Shadow
Moeran: Cello Concerto, Serenade, Lonely Waters, Whythorne's Shadow
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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Fine, 26 May 2013
A very enjoyable disc as piece of music to relax to but this music is just as enjoyable as it is forgettable. The cello concerto in particular is full of colour but is simply another very will written work in the pastoral English tradition. The Adagio could almost be mistaken as a re orchestration for the Lark Ascending. The Serenade strays a away a little more from the Vaughan Williams pastiche but instead falls comfortably into another pastiche of Walton.

This being said, I know little about Moeran and these works may have been fallen into a context in which 'pastiche' is a term which is hardly fair. The music is certainly well written, I remain to be convinced whether Moeran is an unsung hero or a deserving footnote in English Music.
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Everyone Sang
Everyone Sang
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality Chilcott, 4 May 2013
This review is from: Everyone Sang (Audio CD)
Its very easy to brand Chilcott s a choral composer simply concerned with commercialisation and not with musical substance. Such judgements are unfair and this CD is a fine example of the quality of Chilcott's music when sung well. The gem of CD has to be the 'Little Jazz Mass'. The comparison with Todd's 'Mass in Blue' is unavoidable but both works go beyond simply being novelty pieces. 'Little Jazz Mass' is just as it suggests: far lighter than the Todd but written in a wonderfully idiomatic both for jazz and choral music. Outside of the mass are equally strong smaller works. 'The Isle of Full of Noises' is suitably atmospheric and 'There is a Rose in Middle of Winter' is a beautifully internal piece. I was let down slightly by 'Aesop's Fables', it's over sentimentality reminded me exactly what I disliked about some of Chilcott's other works. The CD is well sang Wellensian Consort; perhaps lacking a little depth to the sound some of the time but made up for with good diction and attention to phrasing.


Penderecki: Piano Concerto | Flute Concerto (Barry Douglas, Lukas Dlugosz, Antoni Wit) (Naxos: 8.572696)
Penderecki: Piano Concerto | Flute Concerto (Barry Douglas, Lukas Dlugosz, Antoni Wit) (Naxos: 8.572696)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Try too be too much... and I like it, 9 Mar. 2013
Having only heard the Threnody by Penderecki. I was taken aback by this CD. So unpredictable is the Piano Concerto in it's influence, you're never entirely sure where the work is headed or how you got there. There are clear influences of Rachmaninov and Mahler to name a couple. The work is looking back but is in no way pastiche or cynical about the present. The flute concerto, leans more towards the Penderecki I was expecting (no bad thing!). Great string writing and fantastically spacious.


Weinberg: Symphony No 8 Polish Flowers (Antoni Wit, Rafal Bartminski, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir) (Naxos: 8572873)
Weinberg: Symphony No 8 Polish Flowers (Antoni Wit, Rafal Bartminski, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir) (Naxos: 8572873)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great choral writing, 5 Mar. 2013
Would really love to hear this work live. Fantastic choral writing. Both progressive and accessible. Is little bit guilty of having a few movement too long. Marvellous performance by Rafal Bartminski again. Having never heard Weinberg before, I shall be looking into his other works.


The Idea Was Good: The Story of Britten's War Requiem
The Idea Was Good: The Story of Britten's War Requiem
by Michael Foster
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Book and Easy to Read, 6 Feb. 2013
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I'm currently working on my final year dissertation and was recommended this by Simon Holsey, CBSO chorus director. The history of the War Requiem has already been well documented, most notably by Mervyn Cooke. However, the history of the work is still a marvellous read and Foster presents it in an academically sound but not overly dense fashion. Nevertheless, this is not simply regurgitation of old news. This book comes from a suitable angle of '50 years on' would recommend this as reading for pleasure and for research.


Goehr: Marching to Carcassonne
Goehr: Marching to Carcassonne
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful orchestration, 6 Feb. 2013
Certainly will be a disc I revisit again. A beautifully structured and imagined work. The London Sinfonietta are such a brilliant ensemble to write new music for. 'When Adam Fell', demonstrates exactly why. The colours and gestures Goehr pulls out of the ensemble is quite something. He really makes use of the groups thin texture. Carcassonne, the discs larger work, is another strong performance by the BBC Symhpony Orchestra. It's a work with presence and modesty. A combination seldom found in his contemporaries. For anyone put off by the ground breaking work of Harrison Birtwistle from his intimidating quality, I would reccomend a recording such as this as a suitable stepping stone into the Manchester school.


Whitbourn: Annelies (Westminster William Voices, Lincoln Trio) (Naxos: 8573070)
Whitbourn: Annelies (Westminster William Voices, Lincoln Trio) (Naxos: 8573070)
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Unremarkable, 7 Jan. 2013
Was really excited to listen to an oratorio on the diary of Anne Frank, particular from the voice of a composer I had never come across before. Despite the huge significance of the diary as a reminder of one of humanity's darkest chapters, the work doesn't even scratch the surface and I was sorely disappointed. Any other subject matter and I may have been kinder to this piece, it just seems to do the diary a bit of a disservice. The work constantly goes exactly were you expect it to and seems needlessly basic from a composer whom I'm sure is capable of far more. The performance is well performed, particularly by the Lincoln Trio, but there is a limit to the amount of expression a performance can achieve of this composition. There's nothing wrong about this piece and, depressingly, that's its strongest point.


Maxwell Davies: Worldes Blis & Piano Concerto
Maxwell Davies: Worldes Blis & Piano Concerto
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half a great disc, 6 Jan. 2013
A well realised concerto in the first half of this CD. Says a lot about the dialogue between soloist and orchestra but never gets too crass with its argument. Marvellous writing for brass and particularly dramatic final movement. Disc is let down a little in the second half with 'Worldes Blis'. Max has some really lovely moments in this work, mostly down to some inspired orchestration. It does, however, lose its way a little for me and could be half the length. Would still recommend the disc for the concerto though.


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